Heroic nurses left their hospital posts and rushed to the scene of a crash after an ambulance service told police they had nobody to send. Police raced to the scene of a two-car collision on a junction which had left an elderly woman lying on the floor with serious hip injuries.

After being told by ambulance controllers there was “nobody to send” yesterday, officers planned on dashing to the nearest hospital two miles away in order to pick up medical supplies. When they arrived at South Hams Hospital, Kingsbridge, nurses insisted on accompanying them to the scene of the crash on Sorley Cross in South Devon.

The nurses helped comfort and treat the casualty until an ambulance eventually arrived – two hours after the initial 999 call. They took the pensioner to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth where is still receiving treatment.

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